“O Lord, forgive, I pray! Oh, that Jacob may stand, for he is small!”

         (Amos 7:2)

Amos is able to say what he says because he can see what others cannot see. Amos sees God as He really is when he says, “O Lord God.” Then he pleads with God on the behalf of his nation. When we intercede in prayer for others, we are dealing with the sovereign exalted Lord of all. At the same time, we come on the basis of our own personal relationship to God. When we pray, we hold in tension the lofty position of God and our own personal relationship with Him.